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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Carlisle's Gilded Lily to close down

One of Carlisle’s top bars is closing – but bosses are due to reopen with a “new concept”.

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The Gilded Lily

The Gilded Lily on Lowther Street, owned by city nightlife king John Van Lierop, will shut on Sunday and goods from furniture to glassware will be auctioned off.

The closing of the venue, which is also a popular bistro, was confirmed on its Facebook account, where it was stated bosses would be “working their magic” to create a new venture.

It does not explicitly state the reason for the closure of the bar, which has long been one of the most fashionable fixtures on the city’s social scene.

The Gilded Lily was rocked earlier this year after being told to clean up its act when inspectors found poor hygiene standards in its kitchen. It was given a food hygiene rating of just one and told it needed to make a major improvement.

Mr Van Lierop said at the time that he and staff had done everything recommended and were taking it seriously.

Last night’s announcement on Facebook was headlined: “Gilded Lily Closing Down Auction.” It read: “Due to the Gilded Lily closing its doors for the final time on Sunday June 1, we are auctioning off all its goods, from furniture to glassware.

“Which means from June 2 we will be working our magic to create a new concept.”

The statement added: “We thank you for your continued support and custom and we look forward to seeing you all at the reopening.”

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